Sandy Rashty

Scottish political leaders join together in condemning antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2015

Scottish political leaders have rallied together to support the Jewish community after the rise in UK antisemitism and attacks against Jews in Europe.

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Bad Jews set for West End run

By Sandy Rashty, February 23, 2015

Award-winning play ‘Bad Jews’ is set to make its West End debut, it was announced today.

The play, which centres on an American Jewish family fighting over an heirloom left by their late grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, will transfer after sell-out runs at the St James Theatre in London and Ustinov Studio in Bath.

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Journalist wins prestigious Chaim Bermant prize for articles on French antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, February 23, 2015

A journalist who wrote a five-part series on the rise of antisemitism in France has won the prestigious Chaim Bermant Prize for journalism at a Jewish Book Week session.

Marc Weitzmann, the former editor-in-chief of French cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles, received the prize on Sunday for his work, ‘France’s Toxic Hate’.

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Channel 4 asks if abusive Paris kippah walk was ‘provocative’

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2015

Channel 4 News has been criticised over an interview with an Israeli journalist who was filmed being abused as he walked around Paris wearing a kippah.

Journalist Zvika Klein, whose video went viral this week, told C4 that he felt “scared and frightened” after he faced verbal attacks in predominately Muslim neigbourhoods.

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Children's food guru Annabel Karmel is back on form after 'a hell of a year'

By Sandy Rashty, February 19, 2015

Annabel Karmel had a tough 2014. In fact, it was "a hell of a year".

In May, the celebrity chef and best-selling author, who was made an MBE for her work in child nutrition, was dragged to an employment tribunal after being accused of sexual misconduct by her former salesman Mark Salter.

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Lecha Dodi performed to the tune of John Legend's 'All Of Me'

By Sandy Rashty, February 19, 2015

Watch musicians Refael Mirila and Asaf Flumendorf perform Lecha Dodi lyrics to the tune of John Legend's award-winning All Of Me at Lauderdale House in north London.

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Why I'm sure that Charles will be a King for the Jews

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

Princes have visited Israel in a personal capacity and UK prime ministers have made state visits. But a British monarch has never made an official visit to Israel. Yet according to the author of a new book on Prince Charles, the future King of England could be the first to do so - in what would be a seismic event in terms of the Royal Family's relations with Israel.

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Ukip in shechita shambles

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

UKIP's efforts to attract Jewish voters are in chaos after it first reversed its policy on religious slaughter - and then appeared to make a partial reversal of that reversal.

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Call for inquiry amid claims Guinness Four were scapegoats

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

The family of one of the Guinness Four has backed a call for a public inquiry into the affair that saw four Jewish businessmen jailed in 1990.

Ernest Saunders, Anthony Parnes, Jack Lyons and Gerald Ronson were found guilty of criminal offences in relation to inflating the value of Guinness shares during a takeover bid for rival company, Distillers.

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Charity hands out £20 million

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

A prominent Jewish charitable foundation has marked its 50th anniversary by handing out £20 million to organisations in the UK and Israel.

The Wohl Legacy said it was splitting £6.5 million between welfare groups Jewish Care and Nightingale Hammerson, and TrainE-TraidE, a Jewish employment charity.

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They're sold on Christie's night

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

Young professionals raised £45,000 for Alzheimer's research at the Weizmann Institute at a reception at Christie's in London.

The "Science and Sushi" event was the first organised by the new Young Weizmann committee and attracted 350 guests, who enjoyed a private viewing of Christie's 2015 Impressionist and Modern Art auction.

Weizmann neurobiology professor Noam Sobel explained how his res

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Jewish Ukip candidate threatens to resign over religious slaughter policy

By Sandy Rashty, February 4, 2015

The Ukip candidate standing in one of the UK’s most Jewish constituencies has threatened to resign unless the party reverses its ban on non-stun slaughter.

Jeremy Zeid, who is standing for Ukip in Hendon, north-west London, made the comments after the party announced it would ban non-stun slaughter.

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Ukip’s agriculture spokesman says he did not want shechita ban policy

By Sandy Rashty, February 3, 2015

A senior Ukip member has claimed that the party’s ban on non-stun slaughter, announced today, was against his wishes.

MEP Stuart Agnew, the party’s agricultural spokesman, said: “We are a democratic party and I couldn’t get enough support. They didn’t like my tolerance of non-stunning.

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Ukip back ban on shechita in policy u-turn

By Sandy Rashty, February 3, 2015

Ukip has reversed its policy on shechita by backing a ban on non-stun slaughter of animals.

The party is the first to support animal rights groups demanding an end to the practice in kosher and halal abattoirs.

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‘Jews were scapegoats’ in Guinness scandal, claims peer

By Sandy Rashty, February 3, 2015

Lord Mandelson has backed a call for a public inquiry into the Guinness scandal, arguing that the Jewish businessmen jailed over the affair were scapegoats.

In 1990, Ernest Saunders, Tony Parnes, Sir Jack Lyons and Gerald Ronson were found guilty of criminal offences in inflating the value of Guinness shares and all, except Sir Jack, were jailed.

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Family of vanished oil tycoon battle it out over £65m fortune

By Sandy Rashty, February 2, 2015

The estate of a Brazilian Jewish tycoon is being fought over by his mother and wife after he was declared dead by a judge last Thursday.

Oil and gas tycoon Guma Aguiar was last seen two years ago, manning his motor boat in Florida. The boat – called T.T Zion - washed up to shore the next day, with no trace of Mr Aguiar. His mobile and wallet were found on board the 31 ft boat.

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Livni and Bennett go head to head over Golan Heights

By Sandy Rashty, February 2, 2015

Israeli politicians Tzipi Livni and Naftali Bennett confronted each other during a debate over the Golan Heights.

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The changing face of charity shops

By Sandy Rashty, January 30, 2015

Enter one of the seven Norwood charity shops located in London’s main Jewish areas and you could be forgiven for thinking you are in the premises of a major high street retailer.

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British Veterinary Association attacked for ‘obsession’ with banning shechita

By Sandy Rashty, January 30, 2015

A communal leader has criticised the British Veterinary Association for being “obsessed” with attacking religious slaughter.

Shimon Cohen, campaign director of Shechita UK, said the BVA’s focus on the issue was preventing the organisation from tackling more serious animal welfare concerns.

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